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AUTHORS DAY (Aladdin Picture Books) Paperback – September 1, 1997


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From Publishers Weekly

The banner that erroneously heralds visiting celebrity Bramwell Wink-Porter as author of The Fuzzy Bunny typifies the mishaps at Melvinville Elementary School, the setting for Pinkwater's latest droll excursion. (The principal entreats her guest to talk about the misascribed title anyway, since all the children have read it.) Wink-Porter dutifully answers students' questions ("What is the greatest number of hot dogs you have eaten at one sitting?"), downs the eponymous hare's favorite sandwich--bologna and shredded carrots with extra mayonnaise--and agrees to a return visit so the sixth-graders can finish tying him up. While children may enjoy some of Pinkwater's humor, the farcical asides and non sequiturs here possess a generally adult sensibility. Also, the narrative seems overlong for the picture-book format, and the plot too sophisticated and specific to engage this age group. The illustrations do little to advance the action in this disappointing effort. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Famous author Bramwell Wink-Porter is having a rough day. When he visits Melvinville Elementary, the children greet him as the author of "The Fuzzy Bunny," which he did not write. Nevertheless, he bravely eats pancakes with crayon chunks, wears fuzzy bunny ears, and narrowly avoids being tied up by sixth graders. The librarian faints from the excitement of the visit, and Wink-Porter answers some tough questions from students, the most important one being, " 'Do you think you might ever write a book about us?' " Pinkwater's quirky sense of humor is in full swing here, and his wry cartoon illustrations accentuate the day's misadventures. Older children (and their teachers) will appreciate this comedy of errors as much as younger kids. Most libraries will welcome this selection, and schools where author visits are common will find it a useful preamble to the inevitable pitfalls of a perfectly planned day. --Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689817053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689817052
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 8.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,822,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Daniel Pinkwater lives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and several dogs and cats in a very old farmhouse in New York's Hudson River Valley.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This semi-autobiographical work shows the downside of celebrity, especially if you're a children's book author touring a local elementary school. It has the signature Pinkwater combination of silly and dry humor that engages readers of all ages, and features Pinkwater's bright, splashy illustrations.

Almost nothing goes right for Mr. Bramwell Wink-Porter, the famous children's author, when he tours a grade school of adoring child and adult fans. The librarian (who is so awe-stricken with Wink-Porter that he faints whenever meeting him) hangs a banner celebrating Wink-Porter as the author of "The Fuzzy Bunny." Unfortunately, Wink-Porter wrote "The Bunny Brothers," not "The Fuzzy Bunny." (Abigail Finkdotter wrote the Fuzzy Bunny.) This same mistake is made in every classroom he visits: The children and teachers repeatedly tell him how much they enjoyed "The Fuzzy Bunny," ask questions about "The Fuzzy Bunny," and in grades 2 and 3, even wear "Fuzzy Bunny" hats. The first stop is kindergarten, when Mrs. Neatfeet's kids hug the visiting author (who bears some resemblance to Daniel Pinkwater). "'They are very sticky children,' Bramwell Wink-Porter said. `They are not usually this sticky,' Mrs. Neatfeet told him. `It is the syrup.' `Yes,' said Bramwell-Porter (with his usual calm). The author is "made to eat a cold, lumpy pancake with a piece of green crayon it ...."

But things get even more challenging. The 2nd and 3rd graders subject him to a grilling, ostensibly about "The Funny Bunny" (which, of course, he didn't write), and then proceed to other irrelevant questions and shows of superiority:

"'Was it hard to write The Funny Bunny?' they asked him.

`No, it was not very hard...I suppose,' Bramwell Wink Porter said.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diane B. Foote on June 23, 2000
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Part of my job at a children's book publisher is to arrange visits by authors and illustrators to schools. I have never laughed so hard at work in the 10 years I've been doing this. I've sent this book to at least 20 authors with whom I work, and they've all assured me that the story of Bramwell Wink-Porter's star-crossed school visit is undoubtedly true. Despite poking gentle fun at all the things that can go wrong during a school visit, this book is not unkind and Pinkwater's affection for kids and the adults who bring good literature to them comes through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
Extremely funny book that may be of greater interest to adults, especially teachers, librarians and school administrators or anyone involved in children's book publishing, than kids. A hapless author endures a trying visit to Melvinville Elementary School. His day quickly goes downhill, starting with a mix-up over which book he's actually written (a mistake that never gets corrected), and ends with a bunny-bitten thumb and baloney and chalk all over his clothes -- but his love for kids and books still intact. Pinkwater's dry wit and wonderfully silly names had me gasping for the Ventolin. I didn't mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Author's Day is a very funny book in which a write r of a book (that looks like Pinkwater himself!) has written a book about bunnie rabbits. All of the teachers and children think that he is someone else. It is a picture book, but it is by Pinkwater. Very good and funny.
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